Louis intercepts Jessica on her way to the elevator to let her know he's assigned the Swinton redundancy list to Mike Ross, which he thinks will make her happy now that he thinks he knows how much she likes him. "Excellent, when?" she asks, perking right up. She acts all pleased about how Louis gets her and leaves him holding an elevator door for her while she does a 180 and heads back into the office. Cut to her and Harvey striding towards each other like gunfighters until she demands, "What the hell is wrong with you?" "Not here," he says and the duck into a conference room that she shoos Howie the nerdy associate out of with a simple and abrupt, "No." Jessica knows Harvey put Mike on Louis's radar so he couldn't leave abruptly without raising questions, and Harvey doesn't bother denying it. "We've got bigger fish to fry." He breaks the news that Alicia Hardman is dead. "Which means Daniel Hardman's coming back," Harvey points out. Jessica thinks Harvey's using this to save Mike (which he totally is; you don't get to Harvey's station in life by not taking advantage of every blatant deus ex machina that comes your way), and it comes out that they only got rid of Hardman in the first place by blackmailing him to his wife, so now their leverage is gone. I sometimes wondered where Hardman was, but given that this firm appears to consist of one owner, one senior partner, his assistant, his associate, his arch-nemesis and a lot of background extras that nobody ever seems to mind having private conversations around, I didn't sweat it too much. They agree to fight Daniel's return, because as Harvey says, "That asshole's coming back and he isn't coming back so he can be number two."
Episode Report CardM. Giant: B+ | 464 USERS: B
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